Computers and Internet Policy

Computers

The policy of the Chester Library is to provide equitable access to the public computers for all library patrons.

  • Patrons must sign in to a computer with their MAIN library card. If a patron does not have a MAIN library card, a one-hour guest pass will be issued at the front desk.
  • Computer usage is limited to one hour if other patrons are waiting. MAIN library card holders may request a one-hour extension if no patrons are waiting to use the computers.
  • A limited number of laptop computers are available for use at the Library. If all public PCs are in use, the staff may, at their discretion, loan a laptop to a patron. The patron will be required to agree to the Library’s laptop loan policy and leave their library card and driver’s license or other photo ID at the front desk.
  • MAIN library card holders receive a $.50 print credit per day. Additional black & white pages may be printed at a cost of $.10 per page and color pages may be printed at a cost of $.30 per page. All computers print at the color printer/copier. Patrons may retrieve their print-outs using the print station connected to the printer.
  • Patrons may use flash or thumb drives or download to CDs on all computers. A limited supply of flash drives are available for $5 at the front desk.
  • DVDs may not be viewed at the library on the public computers.
  • Patrons accessing sites with audio must use headphones or earbuds with computers. Earbuds may be purchased for $1 at the front desk.

Patrons should recognize that computers do not have privacy screens so content they are viewing will be visible to other patrons. Patrons should be considerate of their neighbors when viewing material that may be construed as offensive by some.

Internet Use

The Chester Library is pleased to offer our customers access to the wealth of resources available on the Internet.

The Chester Library does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content.

The quality of information on the Internet varies, and each user must consider the validity and reliability of the information found.

Library personnel do not monitor or supervise Internet access, except that they have the authority to end a session when material displayed on the screen is inappropriate to our public setting or to limit time of use.

Children’s Use of Computers and the Internet

Parents or guardians are solely responsible for their children’s computer use in the Library and must set the boundary of acceptability for their children.

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